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From The Socialist newspaper, 13 March 2014
Labour can't even offer an alternative candidate
Second Maltby councillor for TUSC
Almost a year to the day after the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate Joe Robinson won a town council seat in the ex-mining town of Maltby, in South Yorkshire, TUSC has won a second seat, this time in Maltby East.
Joe won his seat with 60% of the vote against his only other opponent, an 'independent' without description on the ballot paper, but in reality the Labour candidate.
This time, TUSC candidate Shaun Barratt, a member of the Usdaw shopworkers' union, was the only person to hand in nomination papers by the deadline, and was therefore elected unopposed.
This was in a ward where previously Labour had held four out of the five seats. Other than a different version of the Con-Dems' austerity agenda, Labour has nothing to offer workers - this time, not even a candidate!
There is another byelection soon, for Maltby South ward, which will be contested by TUSC candidate and Unison member Gavin Roberts.
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is an electoral alliance that stands candidates against all cuts and privatisation.
It involves the RMT transport union, leading members of other unions and socialists including the Socialist Party.
This May TUSC plans to stand hundreds of no-cuts candidates in the council elections against all the austerity parties voting through the destruction of jobs and services. Could you be a candidate?
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In The Socialist 13 March 2014:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Bob Crow - A great fighter for the working class
Stop the destruction of care in Britain
NHS - under attack from private vultures
Police spy inquiry must not be another whitewash
Stop cuts and police repression in Tottenham!
Them & Us
Socialist Party congress
Preparing for a mighty upsurge in class struggle
Socialist Party workplace news
Solidarity with Doncaster care strikers
PCS: Building a fighting union leadership
Lawyers walk out to defend legal aid
Probation workers to strike again
Labour council removes trade union facilities
Unison higher education - fighting leadership needed
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Campaigning on International Women's Day
Second Maltby councillor for TUSC
Turkey solidarity protest
Anti-fracking campaign steps up in Lancashire
The horror that was World War One
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